Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff C. Anthony Rakes

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff C. Anthony Rakes


Deputy J. D. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

November 14, 2012

Please accept our deepest sympathies. If we can be of any assistance during your time please let us know. Our thought and prayers are with you.

Sheriff Carson Montgomery
Magoffin Co. Sheriffs Office

November 14, 2012

RIP. May hard justice come to those held accountable.

Deputy J. Strom
Onondaga County Sheriffs Office- Syracuse, NY

November 14, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes, Thank You, Sir! Your watch is over and we appreciate your dedication to your duty. May peace come to your Family, your friends and your Department.

Bob Reed, Retired Policed Officer
South Lake Tahoe Police Department

November 14, 2012

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother.

Chief Steven Marshall
Washington, NH Police Department

November 14, 2012

So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Gone ''home'' now in the arms of the angels. Til we meet again with those gone on before us. Thank you for your honorable service.

Citizens Watch. / ret. supporter
Citizens Watch

November 14, 2012

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Anthony Rakes. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Marion County, Kentucky will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir .

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

November 14, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers going to Sheriff Rakes Family and Department . Thamk-You for your service

Rick Mercurio

November 14, 2012

R.I.P - thank you for your courage and service.

Tpr. D.L. Johnson #309
Missouri State Highway Patrol

November 14, 2012

Rest In Peace Deputy Rakes. We will continue the fight and never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made to keep those on your watch safe.

Officer C. Martin, Jr. #3136
Dekalb County GA Police Dept.
(Former Chattanooga, TN P.D. 1998-2011)

November 14, 2012

Rest in peace brother. May your family find peace knowing you are with the Lord.

Justin/ officer

November 14, 2012

RIP Brother

Deputy Anita Price
Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas

November 14, 2012

Rest in Peace Sir. I will remember your memory as I work at 2am.

Aaron P. Sparks
Newbury Police Department NH

November 14, 2012

I hate that this happened. These criminals are getting way too brave lately and a lot of officers are dying. I hope the needle is sharpened and ready for this one.

Officer J. Clift
Hamilton County, TN Sheriff's Office #2695

November 14, 2012

Dep Rakes, may you rest in peace our brother. You'll never be forgotten.

Sgt Richard Eckert
Town of Chester Police Dept

November 14, 2012

Rest in Peace my brother.

Deputy Anthony Florian
Harris County Constables Pct 5 / Houston, Tx

November 14, 2012

RIP Deputy Rakes. Prayers and thoughts sent for your friends, family, and colleagues.

Senior Constable Darren RUMBELOW
Queensland Police Service

November 14, 2012

You fought the good fight. Rest in peace, brother.

Deputy Sheriff Trevor Clark
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

November 14, 2012

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 14, 2012

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:

David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 14, 2012

R.I.P Anthony. You will be missed greatly!

Deputy Reece Riley
Nelson County Sheriff's Department

November 14, 2012

I commend you my fallen brother for making the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of your duty.
You left us doing what you chose to do.
What you were trained to do.
Performing the oath you swore to do.
Most importantly doing what you loved to do.....serving your community making a better and safer place for us all.
God Bless you, your family, friends and co-workers. Rest in Peace Brother.

Ed S.
Grateful Citizen

November 14, 2012

Rest In Peace, Anthony. Your Dad would have been so proud of all of your accomplishments. I know that we all are as well. Job Well Done, Officer Anthony Rakes !!

Barney Tharp

November 14, 2012

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

November 14, 2012

Rest In Peace brother. My heart goes out to you and your family.


Ofc Brian Smith
Louisville Metro PD

November 14, 2012

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